|Update 3/6/04 - Much has been done to make sure this type of tragedy never occurs again. Workers have just finished up work on a collapse detection system, which consists of several related components:
-- The bridge‚s collapse detection system c
Traffic is ... fairly light on the Island today
South Padre Island is open for business and residents and guests alike are enjoying the perfect weather and free ferry rides. Rooms are cheap, the beaches are still beautiful and wide open and traffic is minimal.
Tips: While vehicle ferry service to and from the island is available 24 hours a day, there have been some long delays reported due to heavy demand. To avoid frustration, try to get to the landing early, avoid crossing on weekends and take the passenger ferry instead whenever possible.
For the very latest on ferries and an illustrated report on bridge repairs - click here.
From my e-mail box:
Thanks a bunch for setting up this web page. It was a great source of information when planning our vacation. My visit lasted 2 weeks (10/13 -10/27). My experience using the auto ferry ranged from a 45 minute crossing to a 3 1/2 hour crossing. It seemed more like "luck of the draw" than anything else when it came to a quick crossing. I needed to use the auto ferry mainly because I wanted to drive down the beach for surf fishing. Other than that we found that we didn't really need the car all that bad. Once on the island we found that we could get around on the Wave pretty quick. The land transportation (public) was very good in Port Isabel as well as the Island. My suggestion for folks coming to the Island would be to leave the car behind and trust the public transportation. The "people" ferry's were great. Most all of the folks involved were trying their best and doing a great job.
History - Click here for a brief description of what happened and a list of the victims - updated 9/26
For Locals - Times are rough, but you should know there has been a tremendous outpouring of concern from my site visitors - take a peek
More Transportion Info
|South Padre Island is still open for business. The beach is still beautiful, the sunsets still breathtaking and the locals are still friendly. Extra friendly, now that it's pretty much just us here.
Sand Castle Days is still a GO!!!
On the Car ferry
On the night ferry to SPI...
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